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The Great Offshore Grounds

(2020)
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'A magnificent beast of a novel' Roxane Gay
'It blew me away' Emma Donoghue
'Large in scope and heart' Patrick deWitt
'Unforgettable' Nathan Hill
'A blast' Karen Russell


On the day of their estranged father's wedding, half-sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's been years since the two have seen each other - Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle after a failed marriage, Livy works refinishing boats - but the promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim what's theirs.

Except: instead of money, their father gives them information - a name - that reveals a stunning family secret. In the face of their new reality, the sisters each set out on journeys that will test their faith in each other, as well as their definitions of freedom.

Moving from Seattle's underground to the docks of the Far North, from the hideaways of the southern swamps to the storied reaches of the Great Offshore Grounds, this is an epic tale told with boundless verve, linguistic vitality and undeniable tenderness - a book that fearlessly reimagines what the 'great American novel' can do.

A deeply moving picaresque... Veselka is a remarkable writer, able to break through the surfaces of her narrative to reveal the animal chaos underneath'
Los Angeles Times

'This is a novel that feels like hitchhiking: the route is unpredictable but fated and exciting, with an air of treachery... Thrilling'
Vulture

'Vivid, realistic and devastating . . . Veselka is a talented writer, with sensual imagery and an unflinching ability to stick with troubled and troublesome characters'
Seattle Times


Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Great Offshore Grounds delivers on the promise Vanessa Veselka made with her excellent debut, Zazen. Large in scope and heart, Veselka skillfully illustrates human behaviors of every shade and iteration. She's a specialist, a keen interpreter of our demented society, and an enviable storyteller. I've been waiting long years for this novel. It was worth the wait." - Patrick deWitt

"The Great Offshore Grounds blew me away. The tangled journeys of three siblings in the hardest of times pursuing freedom and love through a broken world will both move and dazzle readers. Wry, epic, glorious." - Emma Donoghue

"Vanessa Veselka writes with the power of the ocean tides, and The Great Offshore Grounds teems with life as beguiling and beautiful as any undersea grotto. This novel is warmhearted and coldblooded and I'll never forget Livy and Cheyenne and their fierce bond and bottomless wonder. Neither will you." - Peter Geye

"Vanessa Veselka is an expert portraitist of the forgotten and left behind, people struggling to make ends meet, broke and underemployed, people of deep humanity and shallow finances trying to find their place in dysfunctional America. The Great Offshore Grounds is an unforgettable journey through a country full of malice and greed and beauty and grace. A brilliant and fearless book." - Nathan Hill

"The Great Offshore Grounds is a binge-worthy, kaleidoscopic, twenty-first century American family odyssey. Vanessa Veselka spins a radical, delicious, epic tale of women blasting their way forward to free themselves of the past. Her characters play by no rules but their own and they pull you in with oceans of black humor and so much heart." - Andrea Kleine

"The Great Offshore Grounds reminded me of what a great novel can do--Veselka's seafaring epic has the forward momentum of a grand adventure and the spiraling depth of a new myth. All the pleasure of eighteenth century storytelling renewed for our newborn millennium. I love this textured, tonally complex wonder of a book, a quest for Melville's 'unimaginable sublimity' that never shies away from the messy flux of the body, or the oceanic scope of our shared global history. It's also a blast to read--darkly hilarious, astral, cerebral, suspenseful, warm-blooded, divine." - Karen Russell

"I immediately fell in love with the phenomenal sisters at the heart of Vanessa Veselka's supernova of a new novel, The Great Offshore Grounds. This novel is thrilling in its content, daring in heart, and makes a helix between a novel of ideas and the best damn story of women who forge their identities on their own terms that I've read in years." - Lidia Yuknavitch


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January 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds: Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Vanessa Veselka
ISBN: 1-4746-1426-4 / 978-1-4746-1426-9 (UK edition)
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August 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds: A novel
Author(s): Vanessa Veselka
ISBN: 0-525-65807-6 / 978-0-525-65807-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds: Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Vanessa Veselka
ISBN: 1-4746-1427-2 / 978-1-4746-1427-6 (UK edition)
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds: A Novel
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds: A novel
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August 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Great Offshore Grounds: Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020
Author(s): Vanessa Veselka
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU